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Donziger Ramps Up Effort to Delay or Dismiss Looming Criminal Contempt Trial-

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

As the Sept. 9 contempt-of-court criminal trial of Steven Donziger approaches, the controversial lawyer has intensified his battle against the court-appointed special prosecutor in the case, the civil RICO-case judge who leveled the criminal charges against him, and the Southern District of New York federal judge presiding over the looming bench trial.

He is flooding both the federal trial court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with filings, arguments, accusations and pleas for a delay or dismissal of a trial that could land him in prison for up to six months.

Donziger, the environmental lawyer known for his longstanding and bitter legal battles with Chevron—which have included him in 2011 winning an $8.6 billion judgment against the energy company in Ecuador—has used a raft of court filings to most pointedly mount a campaign against the RICO case judge, Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, and the criminal contempt special prosecutor appointed by Kaplan, senior litigation partner Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel.

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